114 Emplas has developed a new handling strategy, adding new corner protectors to all frames earlier in the manufacturing cycle, as part of a commitment to ‘drive improved product quality’. Having trialled a number of options, Emplas has now changed its production process to add corner protection to all four corners as soon as windows and doors come off the welder. It’s also added new lock and hinge protectors to deliver better defence against product damage in transit. Jody Vincent, national sales manager, said: “Fitting corner protectors to windows and doors as soon as they come off the welder is a comparatively small change but one which delivers a real benefit because they’re protected throughout the rest of the manufacturing process.” Specialist frame manufacturer, Mercury Glazing Supplies, has enjoyed a strong start to 2016 with sales reportedly ‘outstripping targets’. Due to its year on year growth, the company has invested in several new vehicles to keep pace with delivery demands. The new vehicles have been liveried with the distinctive Mercury ‘hot pink’ branding which is said to be ‘synonymous’ with the Gloucester based company. Chris Reeks, sales and marketing director at Mercury, said: “We’re delighted that we’ve needed to make this investment, because it’s another indication of the growing demand for our products up and down the country.” www.mercuryglazing.co.uk www.ggpmag.com April 2016 Factory acquisition Family run bi-folding door specialist, TWR Bifolds, has acquired a 25,000ft² site that will become its second factory. The new site in Peterlee, Country Durham, will reportedly be one of the biggest dedicated bi-folding door manufacturing plants in the UK. The new factory will be in addition to TWR’s long-standing headquarters and original factory in Sunderland. Terry Richardson, who founded the company more than 10 years ago, commented: “We were one of the early adopters when it came to bi-folding doors and quickly established ourselves as a UK leading supplier. “Year on year the order book has grown and we found ourselves in the privileged position of literally being inundated with orders, so we decided to scale up and take the leap of opening a second factory.” Terry says that following the acquisition of the new factory, bending machinery has been ordered, alongside ‘hundreds of thousands of pounds worth’ of new machinery for the production of aluminium bi-folding doors. Terry concluded: “The new factory represents the next quantum leap for TWR and is a major event. “Bi-folding doors still represent a lucrative business opportunity for installers but they need to be careful not to work with companies that don’t have the knowledge and expertise required to fabricate aluminium – as it requires a completely different mind-set to PVC-U.” FABRICAT O R & I N S TALLER WORLD New vehicles to ‘keep pace’ Glass partners Pilkington United Kingdom has been selected as the exclusive supplier of self-cleaning glass to Trent Valley Windows’ new conservatory showroom. Trent Valley is a longstanding customer of Pilkington and one of the largest installers of conservatories and residential windows in the East Midlands. The conservatory village, which has been added to its head-office in Nottingham, features a range of Edwardian verandas, traditional orangeries and conservatories as well as contemporary glazed extensions. Each of the styles incorporates products from the Pilkington Activ range of dual-action, self-cleaning glass, designed specifically for conservatories and glazed extensions. Gary McCartan, chairman at Trent Valley Windows, said: “Our relationship with Pilkington enables us to offer customers across the Midlands a comprehensive range of high-quality products and conservatory styles.” New handling strategy Inspiring group Burles Group, the company that is home to industry names including Veka fabricator, Modplan and independent trade counter network, National Plastics, has been named in the 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2016 report. David Burles, chairman of Burles Group said: “We are delighted to be named in this prestigious list. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of every member of our team at every level and this is a great opportunity to thank them for their commitment to making our businesses a success.” The 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain report, which is in its third year, is an annual celebration of some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. As well as identifying 1,000 companies, the annual report, which is compiled by London Stock Exchange Group, examines in detail the opportunities and challenges facing SMEs and looks at the sectors and trends that will shape the future of the UK economy.
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